Texas PUC schedules workshop on EPA’s CO2 plan

The Texas Public Utility Commission on July 30 released the agenda for its Aug. 15 workshop on how Texas power generators can deal with the new greenhouse gas rules for existing power plants proposed recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

An overview of the proposed rule would be provided by: Steve Hagle – Deputy Director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; and Vincent Meiller – Senior Technical Specialist at the TCEQ.

There would be five panels.

Panel 1, covering “Gas and Coal Dispatch,” would cover questions like what would be the implications of moving away from economic dispatch in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)?; How would this affect ERCOT dispatch processes?; What additional state legislation, PUC rules, or ERCOT protocols would be required?; and What would be the impact to wholesale and retail electricity prices, as well as to electric reliability?

Panel 1 members include:

  • Warren Lasher – Director, System Planning, ERCOT
  • Phillip Oldham – Texas Industrial Energy Consumers
  • Michelle Bloodworth – Senior Director, Power Generation, America’s Natural Gas Alliance
  • Ronny Sandoval – Project Engineer, Environmental Defense Fund

Panel 2 is “Renewable Generation, Transmission Planning, and Ancillary Service, which will cover questions like: Is the existing transmission infrastructure sufficient to comply with the proposed rule?; What additional ancillary services would likely become necessary?; To what extent would additional renewable energy generation need to be installed?

Panel 2 members include:

  • Charles Griffey – Texas Industrial Energy Consumers
  • Dan Woodfin – Director, System Operations, ERCOT
  • Colin Meehan – Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, First Solar
  • Jack Farley – President and CEO, Apex CAES

Panel 4 is “Coal Generation and Carbon Dioxide Reductions” and would cover: What is the economic vitality of Texas’ coal plants under the proposed rule?; and What will be the combined impact of other emerging EPA regulations on Texas’ coal fleet?

Panel 4 members include:

  • Mac McFarland – CEO, Luminant
  • David Hudson – President and CEO, Southwestern Public Service
  • Edd Hargett – General Manager, East Texas Electric Cooperative
  • John Packard – Manager of Generation, South Texas Electric Cooperative
  • Vickie Patton – General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.